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Your Book, Perhaps the Ultimate Leave-behind Marketing Piece

When you’re out at networking events, or when you meet a prospective client for the first time, you probably make sure to leave something behind so that the person you’re talking to remembers you and knows how to contact you. Many of you probably keep a stack of business cards with you at all times for exactly this purpose. Business cards are a great tool, especially at … [Read more...]

Three Reasons Not to Self-Publish Your Business Book

As a business owner, a book is a powerful tool that can position you as an expert in your industry and set you apart from your competition. What stops a lot of people from doing it is the fear of the process. Prior to the digital age and the rise of Amazon, aspiring authors would spend days, weeks, and sometimes months submitting manuscripts to agents and editors at large … [Read more...]

A Book for Every Business Owner: An Interview with Julie Anne Eason

Julie Anne Eason, a professional writer and writing coach, talks with host Dean Rotbart about how and why every business owner can (and should) become a published author. Through her Business Book Writing Lab, she helps business owners in all industries write their book, market it, and build their businesses in the process. When talking about why a business owner should … [Read more...]

Why So Many Entrepreneurs Are Publishing Books

It seems like everyone is doing it. If you look at the most popular non-fiction books of the last few years, many of them were written by entrepreneurs. Some of them, such as Zillow Talk: The New Rules of Real Estate, written by Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff and his chief economist, Stan Humphries, dive deeper into the author’s industry and how to thrive in it. Others, such as Do … [Read more...]

The Education Engine: An Interview with Rich Carr

Dean Rotbart talks with Rich Carr in this interview about The Education Engine, a system that business owners can use to create online courses, or even online universities, on any topic. Mr. Carr discusses how creating an online course can serve multiple purposes. It can, of course, be a money-making venture, where you charge people to take the course, but it can also be a … [Read more...]

The Pros and Cons of Business Podcasts

Not too long ago, I was interviewed for a podcast that will be posted on a site about doing what you love for a living. It was a great experience and, while I hope it helps some listeners take a leap of faith and do what they love to, it got me thinking about podcasts in general and what advantages and disadvantages they offer small businesses who are considering doing them in … [Read more...]

Should You Start a Company Blog?

With so many different marketing avenues to consider for your small business, it can be overwhelming to say the least. Not only are there offline options, like print ads and television, but there is the Internet to consider too. This means setting up web pages, creating social media accounts, and more. So, what about a company blog? Should you start one if you don’t have one … [Read more...]

Hope it Never Sells

What would having a book mean for you, your business, and your career? And would you want to sell it? Crazy question, right? We’re publishers, my partner Jessica and I. We met as freelance writers a few years ago and quickly, fueled by our lifelong love of books, found ourselves learning the business of writing and publishing as it stands today, and founding the Bibliophile … [Read more...]

Building Trust With Transparency

I often wonder if a business would be more efficient if it were run by children. I know that sounds crazy, but hear me out. Little kids may not be well-versed in complicated business things like accounting practices, inventory control, and supply chains (although I’m not sure these things even have to be complicated, but that’s for a different article!), but the thing that kids … [Read more...]